Of Mice and Men
Echo


3.0
good

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2021 | 49 replies


Release Date: 12/03/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: seven thousand singles for what?

Imagine you’re an Of Mice & Men fan in 2021. Shh, I know, but just do it. Okay, great, so you thoroughly enjoyed the two EPs the band put out this year, right? Timeless and Bloom were fun little three-track projects that showcased a continuation of the band’s more straightforwardly decent metalcore of recent projects. Cool, that ‘Mosaic’ single they released afterwards was enjoyable as well. But, holy hecking heck, OM&M announced a new full length album alongside the release of yet another new single?! Echo would come out in early December - greatest year ever, no?

Eh, yeah, no. Echo features ten tracks: six from the aforementioned EPs, the two singles and, of course, yet another pre-release single for hype’s sake. For those of you who aren’t great at maths, which is pretty likely if you’re still imagining you’re an OM&M fan, this means that ninety fucking percent of the album was up on streaming services before the actual thing was released. The one remaining song? A Crosby, Stills and Nash cover. Fuck me.

To be fair, I’d be more pissed if OM&M weren’t as consistently mid as they are. Ever since yikes: personified Austin Carlile left the band, the band has delivered approximately no surprises. However, on Echo, the metalcore fast food™ sounds tighter than ever: riffs bleed into breakdowns, breakdowns bleed into big choruses, big choruses bleed into riffs, you get the drill. Everything is incredibly cookie cutter and one-dimensional - seriously, did the rhythm section just record one track the band then copy-pasted onto every song here? - but, thanks to the punchy production, sounds just fine. There’s some hints of progression on the more atmospheric ‘Fighting Gravity’, but unless OM&M get drastically better at songwriting, there is really no chance or need for the band to advance. If Echo can serve its purpose as an introduction to hevvy stuff for young music fans the same way The Flood opened up a brand new world for me about a decade ago, the accessible blandness can be deemed an important aspect of the band’s sound. I’ll even accept the absolutely headache-inducing release campaign: OM&M clearly aren’t destined to make anything but mildly enjoyable music, so why not try to reach as many people as possible in the process?



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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2021


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

check tyman's review of the timeless ep bc 1) it's a good read and he's not as much of a cynical pos and 2) everything else here sounds the exact same so everything in there still applies lol

anyway this is my take on the music industry and release campaigns and society boy do we sure be living in one happy december

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2021


3284 Comments


Jesper takes over Sputnik, two featured reviews at once, m/m/m/

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2021


2816 Comments


appreciate the shout, but i’m still a cynical pos to so lol
i don’t even know if I wanna check this out... might as well because I only haven’t heard three of the tracks

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SteakByrnes
December 3rd 2021


25981 Comments


good summary lol, bet this is just okay and very predictable core

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Uzumaki
December 3rd 2021


3581 Comments


Agreed, Steak. Just commenting to give a pos and I wanna read all the current-era OM&M fans defend this.

MercySeat
December 3rd 2021


406 Comments


This is just a tremendous review

TheGoonFiles
December 3rd 2021


77 Comments


Album is decent, didn't expect any new songs since they pretty much promoted the thing as a collection of their EP's this year.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2021


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol yep sunny you can tell it's the end of the year haha

thx mercy! :]

bloc
December 3rd 2021


67669 Comments


Why the hell is the album cover a rip off of the Come Clarity album cover

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Ebola
December 3rd 2021


4251 Comments


gotta be one of the worst bands of all time

Feather
December 3rd 2021


7737 Comments


Well, I didnt listen to the eps much so maybe I will give this a shot. S/T and The Flood hold a special place in my heart.

GarthAlgar
December 3rd 2021


776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"metalcore fast food™" 100% this

The music really is there for the younger fans, and we just gotta accept that this is who OM&M will always be. Instead of maturing like TDWP, they have stayed the course. I personally won't be listening to this again, but I appreciate the band for being the introduction for younger fans like they did for me with the debut and The Flood

SteakByrnes
December 3rd 2021


25981 Comments


I wouldn't even say they stayed the course, they regressed into even more accessible "metal m/" metalcore that's just the most generic shit in the world

Feather
December 3rd 2021


7737 Comments


Restoring Force and ESPECIALLY Cold War stunk though. Everything after it has been a watered-down, more accessible version of The Flood. Will be some nice workout fast food.

onionbubs
December 3rd 2021


14752 Comments


band lost everything that made them worthwhile once shayley left

GarthAlgar
December 3rd 2021


776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wasn't Shayley also accused of some shit? not Carlile level yikes but yeah

GarthAlgar
December 3rd 2021


776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wasn't Shayley also accused of some shit? not Carlile level yikes but yeah

onionbubs
December 3rd 2021


14752 Comments


yea which sucks : (

Feather
December 3rd 2021


7737 Comments


Didn't realize Shayley had a new project (Dayshell) that is still active. Anyway, looked it up and yeah, allegations surfaced in 2020 and 2017 against him, but were never ackowledged.

SteakByrnes
December 3rd 2021


25981 Comments


yea truly a shame, Dayshell ruled the first two albums and Shayley was always one of my favorite vocalists. I didn't know that he didn't even acknowledge the accusations



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